In the case of drama (stage, movies, television ), there appear to be people in almost every audience who never quite fully realize that a play is a set of fictional, symbolic representations. An actor is one who symbolizes other people, real or imagined. [...] Also some years ago it was reported that when Edward G. Robinson, who used to play gangster roles with extraordinary vividness, visited Chicago, local hoodlums would telephone him at his hotel to pay their professional respects.
A third-rate political wheel-horse, with the face of a moving-picture actor, the intelligence of a respectable agricultural implement dealer, and the imagination of a lodge joiner? A benign blanka decent, harmless, laborious, hollow-headed mediocrity.Fred hobson
The trouble with me is, I always have to read that stuff by myself. If an actor reads it out, I hardly listen. I keep worrying about whether he's going to do something phoney every minute.
She’s an extraordinarily talented actor who is tremendously photogenic. She’s also a dead ringer for Jill Valentine.sienna guillory
Like a dull actor now, I have forgot my part, and I am out, Even to a full disgrace.william shakespeare
An actor is a kind of guy who if you ain't talking about him ain't listening.Marlon Brando
Actors who have tried to play Churchill and MacArthur have failed abysmally because each of those men was a great actor playing himself.William Raymond Manchester
I have a final word of advice to our students. If you work very, very hard, this is the kind of actor, writer and director you may turn out to be, and if you work extra hard, this is the kind of person you may turn out to be.alan alda
I became an actor because it was the only thing I could do. I didn't have any friends, I didn't fit in. But when I started acting everything in my life shifted and I felt happy.gillian anderson
If you're an actor, a real actor, you've got to be on the stage. But you mustn't go on the stage unless it's absolutely the only thing you can do.edith evans
I was terrorized by the emotional requirements of being an actor. Acting is like letting your pants down; you're exposed.paul newman
I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.paul newman
The one piece of advice I would give to any actor is, if you want to go out on the street without being recognised, without even being looked at, go out with a 6ft 8in beautiful transsexual. No one gives you a second glance. Especially when you're 5ft 5in.daniel radcliffe
He brought you face to face with the unfathomable. No actor summoned with such authority the mysterious depths of human experience.paul scofield
The only great actor I have worked with who was not in any sense a star — there was no great publicity about him, no scandal about him, none of the attitude to stardom.paul scofield
An actor entering through the door, you've got nothing. But if he enters through the window, you've got a situation.billy wilder
There are people nowadays who think that Irving was a ranter and a ham; quite true, he was, but in the sense that Alexander the Great was a martinet and a butcher. Ranting and hamming are very necessary accomplishments for a great actor, and he is able to invest them with a greatness which lesser actors cannot approach.Robertson Davies
I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don’t remember ever having seen one weep.Denis Diderot
Certainly, for a newspaper director, to have within arm's reach a Travaglio, about whom every starring actor, supporting cast and extra of Italian political life he is ready upon cold request to provide an inquiry brief refined in the most minute details is a nice comfort. But also a bit unsettling. The day I asked him if in that archive, into which no one is allowed to stick their nose, there were a brief with my name on it, Marco changed the subject.indro montanelli
You'd be surprised how much being a good actor pays off.ronald reagan
In the early days of my carer as an actor, I shared what was then the prevailing attitude of Negro performers :;that the content and form of a play or a film scenario was of little importance to us. What mattered was was the opportunity, which came so seldom to our folks ... Later I came to understand that the Negro artist could not view the matter simply in terms of of his individual interests, and that he had a responsibility to his people who rightfully resented the traditional stereotyped portrayals of Negros on stage and screen.Paul Robeson
A singer ... is no more than an actor set to music.
Kathakali as (1) “ritual theatre”implies an actor (2) who is “transformed”, an audience (3) which is “transported”, a world (4) which is “dreamlike,” and a tradition (5) which is “ancient” (teaching primitive roots). Collectively these five elements created a kathakali “mystique”
(Cary Grant) is, along with Fred Astaire, the best-dressed actor in American movies
A successful film not just because of the marriage of the right actor in the appropriate genre, but also the timely infusion of challenging questions about a nation at war.